Books by Alexander Schreyer

This page lists my published books and other items.

Fundamentals of Residential Construction, 4th Edition

by Edward Allen, Rob Thallon, Alexander C. Schreyer

1118977998The leading guide to professional home construction, updated and expanded

Fundamentals of Residential Construction is the definitive guide to single family and multifamily home building that details every step of the construction process. From siting and foundations to finishing details, this book provides a complete walk-through of professional home construction. Over 1,200 drawings and photographs animate the textbook, while interactive supplementary online resources help facilitate an understanding of the material. This fourth edition accommodates the latest developments in materials and methods, including new coverage of sustainable building and energy efficiency, multifamily construction, prefabricated building components, and CAD/BIM planning tools in residential construction. Authoritative coverage of wood light-frame construction, building systems, industrialized fabrication, insulating concrete forms, light-gauge steel and masonry construction, multi-family buildings, and more provides a solid foundation in residential construction methods, tools, and processes.

Building a home requires a deeply integrated understanding of materials, structures, codes, and management procedures. Because the process involves such a broad array of considerations and challenges, construction professionals must regularly draw on a clear body of knowledge to keep a project running smoothly. This book helps you lay the groundwork of expertise required to successfully complete a residential project.

  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of common materials and systems
  • Understand site preparation, foundations, and framing
  • Delve into the details of roofing, finishing, and energy efficiency
  • Understand heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical options
  • Examine the latest codes, costs, and management best practices

Designing and constructing a home presents a unique project dynamic; people’s homes are their sanctuaries, where they make the memories of a lifetime. They must be designed to be lived in, not simply “used.” Lifetime costs play a major role in decision-making, materials must be carefully chosen and sourced, and spaces must be structured to be efficient yet enjoyable. Fundamentals of Residential Construction shows you how to bring it all together to turn a project into a family’s cherished home.

ISBN: 978-1-118-97799-6, Publication: March 2017

Find the book on: Amazon Wiley

Architectural Design with SketchUp:
3D Modeling, Extensions, BIM, Rendering, Making, and Scripting
(2nd Edition)

by Alexander C. Schreyer

Go beyond the basics: making SketchUp work for you.

Architectural Design with SketchUp, Second Edition, is the leading guide to this incredibly useful tool for architects, interior designers, construction professionals, and makers. With easy to follow tutorials that first brush up on the basics of the program and then cover many advanced processes, this resource offers both informative text and full-color illustrations to clearly convey the techniques and features you need to excel. The updated second edition has a new chapter that explains how to make things with SketchUp, and covers 3D printing, design to fabrication, CNC milling, and laser cutting. Other chapters also now cover Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D web content generation. Additionally, the revised text offers insight into the latest products and plugin extensions, navigation methods, import/export options, and 3D model creation features to ensure you have an up to date understanding of how to make SketchUp help you meet your project goals.

ISBN: 978-1-118-97881-8, Published: October 2015
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Find the book on: Amazon  Wiley Tecniche Nuove (Italian)

Technical Report: Monotonic and Cyclic Behaviour of Slender Dowel-Type Fasteners in Wood-Steel-Wood Connections

by Alexander C. Schreyer

This is a research report for a study that investigated various kinds of dowel-type wood fasteners and their structural behavior under monotonic and cyclic loads. Bolts, dowels and SFS self-drilling fasteners were investigated and compared.

ISBN: 978-0-557-46044-1, Published: 2006

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Technical Report: Determination of the Capacities of a new Composite Timber-Steel Connection System, the TiSCo

by Alexander C. Schreyer

This is a research report about structural tests of the TiSCo-Connector (Timber-Steel-Connector), a glued end-grain wood-to-steel connection for heavy timber structures. This connector is inserted into a tubular hole at the end of a wood beam and connects to steel fittings using threaded rod.

ISBN: N/A, Published: 2006

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